David K. Shipler, Oral history interview with David K. Shipler.2007 October 19 - 2008 Jan. 22.Manuscript DOH-304


David K. Shipler, Dartmouth class of 1964, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Dartmouth trustee emeritus, joined the staff of the New York Times in 1966 as a news clerk. He subsequently became a staff reporter, foreign correspondent, headed the Times' bureaus in Moscow and Jerusalem, and was chief diplomatic correspondent in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He has won some of journalism's top awards, including the George Polk award for his coverage of the Lebanon War, the Dupont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism for his documentary, "Arab and Jew," and the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for his 1987 book, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, the work on which the PBS documentary was based.

He is also the author of Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams (1983), which won the Overseas Press Club Award as the best book that year on foreign affairs. Subsequent titles include A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, which the Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review called "moving" and "openhearted" and, more recently, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, a national bestseller in 2004. Shipler is currently working on a book on civil liberties.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Shipler has received awards and honors from organizations such as the American Political Science Association, and the New York Newspapers Guild. A fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., from 1984 to 1985, he has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on more than a dozen campuses, was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth, and he has taught at Princeton and American University. He holds honorary degrees from Middlebury College, Glassboro State College and Dartmouth, and he has been writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California.

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